The perfect summer aperitif

Montes 'Cherub' ros� of Syrah 2010, Colchagua
Montes 'Cherub' ros� of Syrah 2010, Colchagua
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It’s not so long ago that rosé was the least popular of all wine styles but now it seems to be that almost every producer makes one, so clearly it’s not just about the sun shining, although to be fair I think it does help!

Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Cinsault Syrah rosé, Pays d’Oc, (Waitrose £7.99 down to £5.99 until August 14), from one of my favourite southern French producers, is very pretty with cherry like fruit and a fresh, pleasing finish.

Cune Rosado 2011 Rioja is really fresh and has red fruits, strawberries and raspberries, nicely balanced acidity and crisp finish – delicious. It is widely available, and can be bought from Majestic for £8.99.

Top tipple

Montes ‘Cherub’ rosé of Syrah 2010, Colchagua

Full bodied style with strawberry and orange fruit, a little spice and a long, dry finish.

tesco.com; £60 per case of six but currently on offer at £45 or £7.50 per bottle